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Wonderfully soft and gooey chocolate chip cookies, packed with chocolate and sprinkled with flakey sea salt for an incredible flavor pop! This cookie recipe takes chocolate chip cookies to a whole new level!

sea salt chocolate chip cookies on a pan

These are the perfect Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ahh, the simple pleasure of fresh cookies. It really is one of life’s greatest joys! And as much as I love trying out new and fun cookie recipes, like my Orange Creamsicle Cookies or my Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies, there is something so satisfying about having a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. And this my friends is the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie.

Why you’ll love these Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is perfectly buttery and sweet, gooey and chewy yet somehow slightly crisp. It’s packed with chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt to magnify and somehow intensify the chocolate flavor. This is everything you could ever want your chocolate chip cookies to be.

A chocolate chip cookie recipe that is guaranteed to become your gold standard go to recipe for all your chocolate chip cookie cravings!

salted chocolate chip cookie with a bite taken out of it

Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies ingredients

  • Salted Butter- Real butter is always front and center in the best chocolate chip cookies! The flavor that comes from using real butter just can’t be beat!
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar- The combination of 2 sugars give a wonderful depth of flavor, and the brown sugar keeps the cookie moist and chewy.
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Flour- All purpose flour is perfect for this recipe.
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda– we use baking soda in this cookie recipe to encourage browning on the edges of the cookies and give the edges a nice crisp.
  • Chocolate Chips- You can use milk or semi-sweet or a combination of both! Whatever you like!
  • Flakey Sea Salt For Garnish– I purchase my flakey sea salt on Amazon.

What kind of salt do you use for cookies?

In the cookie dough, I use just regular table salt. For sprinkling on top of the cookie, I love using flakey sea salt. I purchase my sea salt on amazon.

chocolate chip cookies on the pan prior to baking

How to make Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together your butter and both sugars. Continue to mix until the butter and sugars are light in color and fluffy in texture. This will take a few minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla and mix again until there are no visible egg puddles in the mixture.

Now add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix the dough once the flour is added.

Fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Measure out your dough into 1/4 cup portions for large cookies and 2 tbsp of dough for smaller cookies. Roll the dough into a ball. Break the ball in half and add the two halves bake together leaving the jagged edges on the outsides. (I just like the way this makes the baked cookie look, but you can leave the dough in a smooth ball too if you would like.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until the cookie has spread slightly and the edges are starting to turn golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately sprinkle the tops with the flakey sea salt.

Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes. This will allow the inside of the cookie to continue to bake with out the whole cookie getting over baked.

Serve warm and enjoy!

sea salt chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of each other

Storing Sea Salt Cookies

Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or in the freeze for up to 3 months.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

If you’d like to freeze some of the cookie dough, I would suggest portioning and rolling out your dough first, placing the cookie dough on a silicone or parchment paper lined pan and freezing the cookie dough on the pan for 1 hour. At this point you’ll be able to toss all of the cookie dough balls into a zip top bag without the dough sticking to each other and you’ll be able to bake just a few cookies at a time.

How to bake cookies from frozen

If you are baking cookie dough that was frozen, allow the cookies to sit at room temperature on your pan while the oven preheats, then bake as usual.

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Salted Cookies FAQs

Do you put salt on cookies before or after baking?

I sprinkle immediately after the cookies come out of the oven. They are warm enough to make the salt adhere to the cookies but the salt won’t melt into the cookie like it would if it is added on before baking.

What happens when you add salt to cookies?

The salt on top of the cookie really enhances the sweetness of the cookie and it pairs very well with the chocolate.

Does sea salt make a difference in baking? 

It can make a difference in the flavor of your final cookie when added on top. It ads a complexity to the cookie that you can’t achieve otherwise.

Does salt make cookies sweeter?

The salt does enhance the sweetness of the cookie and gives it more flavor so you may find that adding salt makes your cookies seem sweeter.

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5 from 43 votes

Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies

Wonderfully soft and gooey chocolate chip cookies, packed with chocolate and sprinkled with flakey sea salt for an incredible flavor pop! This cookie recipe takes chocolate chip cookies to a whole new level!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 18 large cookies


  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips , use your favorite
  • flakey sea salt, for garnish


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth, light in color and fluffy. This will take a few mintues.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix in the egg add vanilla.
  • Once completely combined, stop the mixer and add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
  • Once the dry ingredients are mixed in, add in the chocolate chips and mix until thoroughly distributed. 
  • Measure out the dough into 1/4 cup portions for large cookies or 2 tbsp portions for smaller cookies. 
  • Roll the dough into a ball, break the dough in half and then press the two halves back together, leaving the jagged edges up for a textured cookie on top. (this is optional, I just like how the cookies look, feel free to just leave them in a ball!)
  • Repeat this with all of the cookie dough.
  • Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes for the large cookies or 9-11 minutes for the smaller cookies, or until the cookie dough has spread and the edges are turning golden brown.
  • Immediately after taking the cookies out, sprinkle with flakey sea salt. 
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes. Serve warm.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 373IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Hi. Can I get this recipe in metric/ grams?looks wonderful and need to try it soon

  2. 5 stars
    This was the first time I ever made cookies from scratch and they came out amazing! They were a bit too salty for me so next time I’d use unsalted butter. They had a nice buttery taste (which usually I don’t like) but they were so good I ate about 5 or 6 cookies myself! I made the cookies smaller so I can share with all my family and they didn’t even last a day! Very happy how they turned out! The recipe was so so easy to follow and has really inspired me to see what else I can create from scratch! Already have a few more recipes book marked from this blog!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these this am for a friend and they are delicious! Love the salt flakes 😋 One question – do you use cold butter or room temp when you make them?

  4. 5 stars
    These cookies are so good. My new go to recipe…I used the same amount of everything shown on your recipe and I got 3 dozen out of the batch. Each cookie is the size of my palm. Thank you.

  5. 5 stars
    These are, HANDS DOWN, the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made or tasted. I have tried so many recipes and settled on Pillsbury because none were good enough to waste the time making from scratch. These change that completely. I found this recipe a few weeks ago and I’m not ashamed to admit how many times I’ve made them. Gooey, crispy, reheat like a DREAM, so good. I’ve gotten so many compliments. My new gold standard!

  6. 5 stars
    These are the absolute best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted. I’ve made this over 10 times in the last couple of weeks and they are perfect every time. I’ve made them for gatherings and get SO many compliments. People are asking me to bring them now. I’ve tried LOTS of recipes as choc chip cookies are my favorite dessert and this will be my forever go to.

  7. 5 stars
    I want to give this recipe a 10 out of 5 stars. Seriously best cookies I’ve ever made and is now my go to!! I’ve made them twice in the last week because my family is eating them up. They stay soft even after a few days 🙂